Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Falmouth with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Definitely wear your hiking shoes on this trail. Has a nice little lookout area not that far into the hike. Trail was marked well

Peaceful and nicely maintained with lots of wildlife (including a rather surprised broad-winged hawk). Trails are well marked and there are maps at most major intersections but there are a few small connections/offshoots not shown on the map which can get confusing. Frequent intersections with snowmobile trails but those are unmarked and less maintained so it's easy to stay on the correct path. Connection to the Lowell trail system is a huge plus!

2 months ago

Well marked trails right off 88 in Falmouth. Very popular place to walk dogs, watch for blow down trees!

3 months ago

easy level terrain, nice for families to walk.

This is a wonderful urban trail system with well-marked trails of green, yellow, red and white markers. Portland Trails has done a great job marking and maintaining the trail (including pointing out what plants are invasive). There are several marked posts containing a number but I have yet to find what these numbers represent. Hopefully, someone will post what they represent. Dogs can run free once they get beyond 300 yards from the parking area.

A wonderful place for mountain biking with minimal elevation changes but lots of challenges in the twists and turns. The red trail is more challenging than the other trails. Very well marked and easy to follow.

8 months ago

Great trek through the woods - nice ups and downs - the trails were marked very well.

10 months ago

We discovered Gilsland by happy accident. It's lovely! Little bit of woods, little bit of meadow, little bit of marsh and water views. Perfect to burn some kid energy and view birds, wildflowers, and bugs.


Some confusing trail markings, but hey, your in Falmouth. Place is pretty swell, lots of room to explore. There's a lot of variety in landscape too. Do this trail!

trail running
Friday, March 10, 2017

First run of the year(March), noticed some new signage and planks. Well maintained. This trail is rugged terrain, however. Be careful if you are traveling quickly. I have fallen hard out here on a bike, skis, and on foot.

Whoever took a leaf blower to the trail, thank you! Nice touch given the amount of leaves in these woods.

Great trail but lots of leaves cover it - so watch out for roots and stumps!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Beautiful land with water views here and there through the trail. Well maintained. Easy. Great for families with small kids. We didn't go in, but there was a science center of sorts to explore. It was our back up plan after Mackworth island parking was full. Will definitely be back!!! I'll bring binoculars next time. Great place to bird watch.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Relaxing walk, great views.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Great local hike for a casual day. Relaxing with great views/ natural scenery.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Relaxing trail, that is well marked. Only downfall is the sign on the road is very small and easy to miss.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great geocaching trails. Can have dog unfriendly people☹️.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Nice new discovery

Nice fun hike through the woods. Well marked and well maintained.

trail running
Monday, June 06, 2016

My favorite trail run close to Portland. Less traveled than Blackstrap Preserve on the opposite side of the road. Trail drops slightly into a hemlock wetland at about the half way point, which I really enjoy. Toward the backside of the preserve there is a small rocky gorge if you have your eyes open. This preserve connects to Lowell Preserve at the farthest point.

A nice hike through hemlock and beech. Well traveled trail and very popular with mountain bikers.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

For anyone who loves bird watching, this is a great location. The trail even includes an osprey stand! Easy to follow with several places to just sit and observe.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Easy trail system with two primary loops. Other connecting trails. Good for kids.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

01/15/2015 Nice winter trail that includes a river walk. Several signs on the trail pointing out the history, flora and fauna found in the area. Best seen in the spring and fall when there are more birds.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Very easy rolling trails open year round. There are three main trail loops that end up consisting of a little over two miles. There are covered shelters with benches for bird watching (one of the fields has a tower built for an osprey nest).

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